Fort Lauderdale – April 1, 2008 – Regent Seven Seas Cruises, voted the “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” in CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards poll, will offer guests the opportunity to travel with National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Edgar Mitchell and Charles Duke, two of the 12 individuals to have ever set foot on the moon’s surface. These genuine American heroes will be the featured guests aboard the 700-guest, all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas VoyagerÃ‚Â® which will depart April 18, 2009 for a 20-day Istanbul to Fort Lauderdale voyage, the final segment of its 116-night Grand Circumnavigation World Cruise.
“As men whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to our collective scientific knowledge, we are honored to host Drs. Mitchell and Duke aboard our 2009 World Cruise,” said Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas. “Because our World Cruise travelers are united by a passion for exploration and discovery, we are pleased to present distinguished experts from various fields of endeavor to enrich the guest experience.”
“We went to the moon as technicians, we returned humanitarians,” said Dr. Mitchell (left) of the 1971 mission in which he piloted the Apollo 14 lunar module and became the sixth man to walk on the moon. Together with Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, Mitchell holds the record for the longest-ever moonwalk (9 hours and 17 minutes), and he traveled further on the moon’s surface than anyone else. As a scientist, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer, Dr. Mitchell’s extraordinary career exemplifies humankind’s eternal quest to broaden its horizons. A member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Dr. Mitchell has received numerous honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Charles Duke (right) served as lunar module pilot of Apollo 16, the first expedition to survey the moon’s rugged Descartes region of lunar highlands. In 1972, he became the 10th and youngest man ever to walk on the moon, in a mission that set a record for the longest lunar surface stay, totaling 71 hours and 14 minutes. He has since become a sought-after motivational speaker, and author of the book Moonwalker. Dr. Duke is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Seven Seas Voyager’s full 2009 Grand Circumnavigation World Cruise will depart January 12 from Los Angeles and offer seven segments, each with a choice of diverse Concierge Collection land adventures and enlightening onboard activities and lecture programs. The segments include:
- Los Angeles to Auckland (20 nights, January 12 to February 1)
- Auckland to Sydney (12 nights, February 1 to February 13)
- Sydney to Shanghai (21 nights, February 13 to March 6)
- Shanghai to Singapore (12 nights, March 6 to March 18)
- Singapore to Dubai (14 nights, March 18 to April 1)
- Dubai to Istanbul (17 nights, April 1 to April 18)
- Istanbul to Fort Lauderdale (20 nights, April 18 to May 8th)
Per-person rates range from $64,995 (with Early Booking Savings) to $224,995 for the full Grand Circumnavigation World Cruise, and start at $7,995 for individual segments.
Cruise fares include all shipboard gratuities; exclusive gifts and special events; complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits served throughout the ship; complimentary 24-hour room service; in-suite bar setup in butler suites; and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water replenished daily.
About Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Regent Seven Seas operates a fleet of medium-sized luxury cruise ships that visit over 300 ports on all seven continents, including Antarctica. RSSC is consistently rated among the world’s top three cruise lines by readers of luxury travel magazines. Travel professionals worldwide voted RSSC the “World’s Best Luxury Cruise Line” for the fourth consecutive year as part of the 2007 Travel Weekly Awards and readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler magazine voted RSSC “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2007.